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Sunday, October 12, 2003

American Splendor

Wow. I didn't post anything in the blog yesterday. Not that I was busy doing lots of productive things. Probably the fact that absolutely nothing was going on was the reason I never posted.

I think the only productive thing I got done yesterday was washing and folding some clothes. Mike tidied up the back yard although we still need to mow. Hopefully the last mow of the season.

He also helped his mom figure out why his brother David's new dryer wasn't working. The incorrectly installed (by David) new fusebox was the culprit. Looks like it's electrician time.

But in the evening we went to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and saw American Splendor. This was the first time we'd been to the new location of the Museum and their new theater was quite nice. It certainly had more comfortable seats than the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla, New Mexico which was the last place we regularly used to go and see limited release films. But you can't bring food or drinks in to the theater which was a bummer. The Fountain was always nice because their snack bar was right in the back and you could eat brownies, cake, cookies, popcorn, etc. all while you watched the film. Ah, the good old days.

But back to the movie. American Splendor is about Harvey Pekar, a comic book writer living in Cleveland, Ohio, who has been publishing a comic book about his life called American Splendor (surprise) since 1976. Dark Horse Comics publishes them now but ol' Harvey self-published it for most of its run all while holding down a job as a VA Hospital file clerk.

The movie was filmed in a sort of pseudo-documentary style. Paul Giamatti played the movie Harvey but interspersed throughout the film were little interviews with the real Harvey Pekar. He also did the film's narration.

Paul Giamatti was fantastic as Harvey Pekar. In fact, everyone in the movie was great. I loved it. Definitely go see American Splendor if it's still showing in a theater near you.

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